Lot 60 - 1977 Maserati Bora 4.9 Litre
|Odometer reading||46,987 miles|
|Estimate||£55,000 - £65,000|
The Maserati Bora is a two-seater coupé powered by a 4.7 or 4.9 litre V8 engine mounted amidships. Produced from 1971 to 1978, the iconic Bora has a top speed of 174-177 miles per hour.
Shortly after Citroën took a controlling interest in Maserati in 1968, the concept of a mid-engined two-seat sports car was proposed. Lamborghini and De Tomaso already had the Miura and Mangusta whilst Ferrari were known to be developing their own mid-engined contender. Initially known as Tipo 117, and later the Bora, the Maserati project got underway in October 1968 and a prototype was on the road by the summer of 1969. Shown in its final form at the Geneva Salon in March 1971, and sporting the timeless Giorgetto Giugiaro design, the first customer cars had been delivered before the end of the year.
This Bora, a 1977 model, was an original export to the USA and believed to be one of the last 25 built. The highest car number found in the US was 1046 and this car is 1040. 235 of the 524 cars built were fitted, as this car, with the more desirable 4.9 litre engine. However, it seems that this option was only introduced for the European Bora in late 1976.
The vendor of this Bora is a chartered engineer and the ex-Chairman of the Maserati Club. He has owned Maserati's since 1974, and in addition to the Bora, his dehumidified garages house another three Tridents. ULO 111R has been in his ownership since 1989 when he imported it directly from the USA. At that time, it had a recorded mileage of 17,847, which is almost certainly correct. Since then it has covered a further 29,500 miles giving a total mileage of c 47,000 at the time of sale.
On arrival in the UK, this car was converted back to European specification, with the exception of the silencer location and the rubber bumpers, which were relocated. At this time, new stainless steel manifolds and exhaust were also fitted. These works, and indeed all major servicing work, were undertaken by Bill McGrath Maserati of Kimpton, Hertfordshire. Andy Heywood of Bill McGrath's knows this car well, and a full service, fresh MoT test certificate and condition report will be prepared by Andy's team immediately prior to the auction.
In 1995/96 the chassis and body were fully restored in the vendor's workshop. He employed a suitably skilled person to do this work, under his supervision. A photographic record documents this work. Other modifications and improvements carried out included a completely re-designed fuel system to prevent fuel vaporization, which had been a constant if intermittent problem. Hatches were made in the firewall behind the seats to provide access to the front of the engine. The current electric mirrors replaced the particularly ugly originals. The offside mirror has been damaged, but remains fully functional.
This Bora is a well cared for and mechanically accomplished motor car. As she stands, she's no concours winner, but then who wants a concours Maserati when they can have so much more fun actually using one? With the 4.9 litre engine, this car not only represents sound investment potential, but is also exhilarating to use. Don't miss this opportunity to own one of the last 25 Bora's made - after all the vendor has only been persuaded to sell her because it doesn't suit his advancing years!....
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